20 Probe Lucknow officials found negative for COVID-19 after contact with an infected accused


The zonal office of the central investigation agency in Lucknow of the UP has been completely sanitized (representational)

Lucknow / New Delhi:

Twenty Law Enforcement (DE) officers stationed in Lucknow tested negative for coronavirus after their samples were collected following the charge of a person charged in the money laundering case. Amrapali money to be infected with the disease, officials said on Wednesday.

The zonal office of the central polling agency in Ashok Marg in the capital of Uttar Pradesh was completely sanitized and sealed after Anil Mittal, the auditor of the Amrapali group of companies, turned out to be positive. pandemic last week.

He was arrested and filed before a special court under the Money Laundering Prevention Act (PMLA) in Lucknow on June 16. He is said to have contracted the disease while in police custody.

Mr. Mittal was then admitted to KGMU Hospital in Lucknow and was sent to prison after recovering from the disease.

Rajeshwar Singh, joint director of ED’s Lucknow area, confirmed the development and said that the 20 officers in his unit tested negative for COVID-19 and that they had resumed their duties.

“The management has started to operate at full capacity with all the prescribed precautions and hygiene,” said another officer.

He added that these officers, who had come into direct contact with the accused Anil Mittal, had their samples taken for the new coronavirus.

The agency will soon approach the court asking for permission to toast Mittal and to record his statement under the PMLA, as he has “a crucial role in the laundering of Amrapali funds,” ED sources said.

The agency had recently joined, as part of an order under the PMLA, more than 187 crore rupees from JP Morgan India Pvt Ltd kept in a bank branch in Mumbai in this case which is being supervised by the Supreme Court .

The court then ordered JP Morgan to transfer more than 140 crore rupees, plus interest from his bank accounts, which were recently joined by the ED, to the escrow account held by UCO bank, saying that the money would be used. to complete projects awaiting Amrapali. Group.

The ED is investigating this case for money laundering and alleged embezzlement of rupees crores from buyers wishing to buy a house as part of the Amrapali group’s real estate projects.

The highest court, which is following this case, in December last year ordered DE to take over the investigation and asked Deputy Director Singh to take action against JP Morgan under anti-money laundering law and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)) and informs it regularly.

He also launched a detailed interrogation on the members of the board of directors of JP Morgan India, including a Chinese national as well as leaders of Amrapali.

The agency is also studying the role of bank officials in granting loans on mortgaged assets, the role of officials from the Noida and Grande Noida authorities in renewing leases and awarding new projects to the group despite pending land rights and rents which are declared completed. Rs 5,000 crore, said the second official quoted above.

He is also investigating whether certain apartments were sold to government officials at lower prices by taking cash payments, fakes and inflated purchases, he said.

“The names of some officials who benefited from it were revealed during the investigation,” he said.

In an affidavit submitted to court recently, the general manager said that employees of JP Morgan India Ltd, who were on the board of directors of various companies in the Amrapali real estate group, “laundered” deposits worth 187 crores of buyers rupees and “hijacked” them. to entities of the multinational financial consultancy firm based in Mauritius and Singapore by carrying out false transactions and using front companies.


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